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Reps, Soyinka Speaks On Buhari Twitter Ban In Nigeria

Reps, Soyinka Speaks On Buhari Twitter Ban In Nigeria

Reps have reacted to President Buhari Twitter Ban in Nigeria. The minority caucus in the House of Representatives has strongly condemned the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the Federal Government.

The caucus in a statement issued on Saturday by Minority Leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu, described the suspension as “provocative, and unjustifiable.”

Reps, Soyinka Speaks On Buhari Twitter Ban In Nigeria

Elumelu described the decision as a clear violation of freedom of speech and other democratic rights and tenets as provided by the 1999 constitution.

 

According to him, the suspension “smacks of intolerance and aversion of the opinions of Nigerian citizens, especially the youth, on matters of state.”

 

 


“We reject this thoughtless decision of the Federal Government, which amounts to a direct infringement on the rights of Nigerians to free speech as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution.

 

“It further shows the All Progressives Congress-led administration is unwilling to listen to Nigerians but ready to use any means to suppress its citizens.

 

“The minority caucus is disturbed that the suspension of Twitter in the country came after the social media platform deleted President Buhari’s tweets.

Reps, Soyinka Speaks On Buhari Twitter Ban In Nigeria
Reps, Soyinka Speaks On Buhari Twitter Ban In Nigeria

“The minority caucus cautions that the development is capable of worsening the situation in the country,” the statement said.

 

It is a petulant gesture – Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has hit out at President Muhammadu Buhari, over his decision to ban Twitter in Nigeria.

 

 


According to Soyinka, it is a “petulant gesture” that is “unbecoming of a democratically elected president”.

 

He also advised Buhari that if he has a problem with Twitter, “he is advised to sort it out between them personally, the way Donald Trump did.”

Reps, Soyinka Speaks On Buhari Twitter Ban In Nigeria

Soyinka, however, noted that a Twitter ban in the country is a “technical issue Nigerians should be able to work their way around”.

 

He also added that “the field of expression remains wide open, free of any dictatorial spasms”.

 

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, announced the ban on Friday, claiming Nigerians were using Twitter to perpetuate activities inimical to the corporate existence of Nigeria.

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